February 15, 2023 Subject:
Laughed At During Its First Run
As Arthur C. Clarke noted, crowds laughed at the idea that London could ever be bombed. The movie suggests a future history with a long arc, much like Asimov's "Foundation" series.
Slow paced, and likely more effective now than when released. Questions of morality, technology and society are explored. This is the sort of movie that wouldn't be made today. The same material would turn into a splatterfest due to budget constraints and laziness these days.
March 6, 2021 Subject:
About Usage Restriction
I am an architectural student, I was on documentary project. It will publish social media and it can be exhibited. I would like to use some scenes of Things to Come. Can I use it just by crediting London Film Production?
Aman Lingar -
December 27, 2016 Subject:
Love to the uploader
March 31, 2015 Subject:
Not public domain
I got a DMCA takedown on this. It was legit.
May 3, 2014 Subject:
One of the greatest films ever made
Bigmalc you said it all. Your review I cannot come close too. You described and showed how important this movie is, as a warning to the world about how progress can become utter madness and turn into regress. Those who don't shape progress with the utmost care, but are blind believers in progress, lead us into misery on earth. Right at the start Raymond Massey says it all : "if we don't end war, war will end us"
October 22, 2010 Subject:
Things that came
This was made three years before the WW2 actually broke out, but with the rise of totalitarian regimes in Europe and the Soviet Union, it must have seemed only a matter of time before the War would come. The first part of the film plays on the fears of the anticipated Weapons of Mass Destruction, (carpet bombing, poison gas), and the scenes of panic in London (Everytown) as the bombing begins are convincing and must have been quite disturbing. The film suggests a decades long war and a military stalemate while the civil population is reduced to a primeval existence, and disease "wandering sickness" decimates the population further. With no medicines available, the only thing to do for infected persons is to shoot them (they have turned into zombies???). The Middle part of the film shows Everytown ruled by a Warlord who wears a bear skin (an ironic symbol of a near barbarian culture). The original purpose of the War forgotten, the only concern is to obtain fuel to keep the planes flying. Then one day a new plane is spotted, it lands, and the pilot requests to be taken to the leader... He is from a confederation of Mediterranean states which have stayed out of the war and built a new civilization....The last part of the film is set in a futuristic city and a new goal is set, to send Man into space. A conflict arises between factions which support the space program and those who believe that "progress" has gone far enough. The message of the film is clear, a future of prosperity and technological advancement can be reached, but what is the cost? Will Mankind set aside conflicts to achieve this goal? Considering it was 1936, this was well filmed and fascinating to watch, although continuity was a bit uneven and the acting was not always first rate. Also a mention to Arthur Bliss for a good music score. (I downloaded the DivX file and transferred it to a USB stick which plugs into my DVD player. The picture quality was fine).